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Poaching a shame on Nagas: Konyak
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Aug. 2008 1:12 AM IST
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Minister for Forest and Wildlife Conservation MC Konyak has said the August 18 incident where two prized Asiatic bears were “treacherously slaughtered” by poachers had brought shame on the Nagas in front of the country and the rest of the world “We call ourselves a civil society but such incidents should make us think about where we really are,” the minister said in his address during the inauguration of Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar, Dimapur, on Thursday. Konyak said it was the duty of the department to initiate and create awareness about conservation and protection of wildlife. He also said the general public should adopt and inculcate the habit of taking care of the environment. “All life forms and their environment are closely connected and inter-dependent. That means for our own survival, we need to preserve and protect the environment around us,” he said. The minister however regretted that though Nagaland being one of the richest biodiversity spots of the world, Naga society, instead appreciating and conserving the rich biodiversity, was preoccupied with killings and destruction. He hoped the park would go a long way in creating awareness amongst the public and also in educating the younger generations about the need to conserve and protect animals. Commissioner & secretary, Forests & Wildlife, L Kire in his address called upon the Church, administration, NGOs, tribal hohos and civil societies to continue extending support to preservation of wildlife and its resources. Other who spoke in the function were Dr. C. L Goel, principal chief conservator of Forest; Dr. K. S. Shashidhar, additional PCCF and chief wildlife warden; A. Rongsenwati Ao, chairman, State Pollution Control Board; Maongwati Aier, DC Dimapur; Khekaho Assumi, chairman, Dimapur Municipal Council; Savi Liegise, president, Naga Council Dimpaur and K. Hocto Sema, conservator of Forest (W/L and Bio). A ‘Profile’ of Nagaland Zoological Park released by the minister mentioned additional attractions to be developed in the zoo. Some proposals include Butterfly Park, boating facilities, recreational park, adoption of animals in the park by interested individuals, institutions, aquarium, eco-museum, bio-diversity database centre, eco- park, children park, nature interpretation centre, library and cafeteria.

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